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Windows 7: Total memory

24 Jan 2010   #31

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

that would have saved time if i needed to back to xp or get its settings and stuff
That doesn't work in the way you are thinking.

The Windows.Old folder is for the following reasons ONLY.......

1. If you happen to have files that saved in strange locations you can search through those folders to find what you are missing.

2. You can not run programs from the Windows.Old folder as they must be reinstalled under the new Windows installation to work properly. (The ONLY exception is with what are referred to as Portable Applications, which I will not go into here, snd don't try to get distracted by this either, one thing at a time.).

3. To retrieve files that could possibly be used under the new install of windows, but this gets into complicated, geeky, advanced areas that you should not concern yourself with at this time.

In other words, find the personal files you need from the Windows.old folder and delete the entire Windows.old and reinstall the applications you need.

I removed info I had put here because after further thought it might be a bit overboard for what you really need. There are things you still need to learn, but I think there are too many things being thrown out all at once which can confuse the initial issue.

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24 Jan 2010   #32

Windows 7

im going more for efficiency not fun, sorry haha. if there is a prob with deleting a file/folder then i should use your cmd method?

what would the separate partition do?
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25 Jan 2010   #33
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

A seperate data partition insulates your data from the system. If the system is in trouble and you have to reinstall it for whatever reason, then your data stays completely untouched. After all, the system can always be easily reinstalled, but if you loose your data (music, pictures, etc.) that is usually unrecoverable. Here is a video tutorial that I made on the matter.
Another suggestion would be imaging. Have a look at this post. It will give you an idea.
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